Study of a Novel Multi-Band Antenna for Body-centric Wireless Networks

Farooq, W., Ur-Rehman, M. , Yang, X. and Abbasi, Q. H. (2015) Study of a Novel Multi-Band Antenna for Body-centric Wireless Networks. In: IEEE 11th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2015), Abu Dhabi, UAE, 19-21 Oct 2015, pp. 112-116. ISBN 9781467377010 (doi:10.1109/WiMOB.2015.7347949)

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Abstract

Body-centric wireless networks are used for connectivity between on-body and on-off body communications for various applications for rescue, diagnostics and medical usage. Multiple features of modern portable and wearable devices necessitate antenna operation at a number of frequencies. A compact, low profile and multi-band antenna is presented for body-centric wireless networks in this study. The conventional microstrip rectangular patch antenna has been converted into a multi-band antenna by using layers of mercury and liquid crystal polymer (LCP). The antenna performance in free space and in body-mounted configurations are evaluated and compared using computer simulations. The proposed antenna supports six frequencies for operation at ISM/Wi-Fi/C band. A minimal shift in the operating frequencies while operating in on-body configuration makes this the proposed antenna very resilient to frequency de-tuning caused by the human body presence. The antenna also offers high peak gain values (>7.68 dBi) in the two configurations at all of the operating frequencies.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ur Rehman, Dr Masood and Abbasi, Dr Qammer
Authors: Farooq, W., Ur-Rehman, M., Yang, X., and Abbasi, Q. H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
ISBN:9781467377010

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